Jeannie Kim is an Attorney in the San Francisco office of Buchalter, and is a member of the Firm’s Insolvency & Financial Law Group. Ms. Kim’s practice focuses on representing various stakeholders such as financial institutions, technology companies, trade creditors, corporate debtors-in-possession, chapter 11 trustees, asset purchasers, and individual creditors, in all aspects of corporate restructuring, distressed M&A, and litigation matters. She has provided legal counsel to clients in a range of diverse industries, including technology, retail, manufacturing and distribution, consumer products, alternative energy, construction, aviation, and real estate development.
Ms. Kim currently also serves as Co-Chair of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’/Debtors’ Rights Committee, and Events Co-Chair of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Northern California Network. She is also a member of the Educational Committee for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges 92nd Annual Meeting. She has also been selected for inclusion in the “Southern California Rising Stars” list published by Super Lawyers magazine from 2013-2016.
Denise Crawford is a Deputy Public Defender IV trial lawyer with the Orange County Public Defender's Office. During her career, she has handled all manner of criminal matters from simple misdemeanors to complex felony cases. As a senior lawyer in the office, she mentors younger deputies and conducts hiring interviews. She began her career under the expert tutelage of preeminent trial lawyer Jennifer L. Keller. When she transitioned to the Orange County Public Defender's Office, not only did she handle criminal matters, she was assigned to Mental Health, LPS, Probate, SVP, Guardianship and Juvenile units gaining extensive experience in niche areas of practice. By far, however, Ms. Crawford is most at home in front of her juries. She travels to conduct trainings on trial practice both domestically and abroad with international partnerships. Most recently, Ms. Crawford provided trial training to the Public Defender's Office equivalent in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She also writes and publishes on the topic of trial practice. To read about her cases in the media - just google her! She was elected to the Board of Directors of OCAABA in 2013 and is a co-chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee. She loves a good fight (in court) and in her spare time is an avid Scuba Diver, sport motorcycle rider, political news junkie and pug dog lover.
Charles Lin practices in the Private Client Service Group at Bryan Cave LLP. He counsels high net-worth clients on tax and estate planning issues. His areas of focus include all aspects of income, capital gains, gift, and estate tax planning, wealth and business succession planning, charitable planning, trust tax planning, and trust and probate administration. Mr. Lin graduated with his juris doctorate from Loyola Law School, where he was President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and received his LL.M. in taxation with honors from Georgetown University. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Lin was a middle school English teacher with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme in the Warabi City school district of the Saitama prefecture of Japan, about five miles north of Tokyo. He speaks Mandarin, Japanese, and Taiwanese at fluid conversational levels.
Thomas H. Kao is business litigation attorney with Keller/Anderle LLP. His practice focuses on complex litigation in state and federal courts, including contract and business tort disputes, mergers and acquisitions, securities fraud actions, shareholder derivative suits, insurance coverage disputes and trade secret litigation. Thomas received his J.D. in 2005 from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. After graduation, Thomas served as a law clerk to Judge R. Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Before joining Keller/Anderle, Thomas was a litigation associate at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth and Morgan Lewis, and he worked in-house for a privately-held commercial real estate company. Thomas has served on the Board of Directors of OCAABA since 2015 and has co-chaired the Membership and Small Firm Committees. Thomas also works with Asian Americans Advancing Justice as a member of its Executive Advisory Council.
Immediate Past President
Thy B. Bui is Senior Counsel at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP in the firm’s Los Angeles office. She represents employers and other entities in state and federal court. She has experience defending employment and complex business disputes, class actions, and fraud and unfair competition claims. Thy earned her B.A. from the University of California, Riverside, her J.D. from the University of Southern California, and her LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition to her work with OCAABA, she also serves as a Director for the Planned Parenthood Community Action Fund of Orange and San Bernardino Counties and as a co-chair for the NAPABA Young Lawyers Network and the NAPABA Labor and Employment Committee.
Thy represents employers in single-plaintiff and multi-plaintiff lawsuits in state and federal court. She regularly defends employers in lawsuits alleging causes of action for discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour violations, and other statutory and common-law claims arising from the employment relationship. In addition to her litigation practice, Thy also performs workplace investigations and provides day-to-day counseling advice to employers. She is exceptionally skilled in all facets of courtroom advocacy, fact gathering, discovery, law and motion practice, and legal research. She is often able to resolve matters quickly and efficiently, through creative and sometimes unconventional case strategy. Her clients include public and private sector employers in a broad range of industries, including retail, healthcare, higher education, and real estate.
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Jessica B. Cha is a Certified Family Law Specialist at the Law Offices of J. Cha & Associates. She received her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of California San Diego. Jessica is licensed to practice in California, Maryland and the District of Columbia. After living in Washington, DC and working for the federal government, Jessica returned to California in 2010 where she started her own firm to begin her career in private practice and quickly found her niche in family law. Jessica has been involved in several high profile cases including a case involving switched bodies at the Rose Hills Mortuary and a $10.2 Million jury verdict for the wrongful death of a developmentally disabled minor at a nursing home. Jessica has received numerous accolades for her work including Top Verdict 2015 (Top 50 in CA) and Lawyers of Distinction 2017 for Family & Divorce.
John Fujii is a current Director of OCAABA, a member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Community Outreach Committee, and a partner at Silver & Wright LLP. He previously worked as a Senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of Huntington Beach. Mr. Fujii earned his undergraduate degree in Animal Physiology from the University of California, Davis, and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the Co-Chair of the U.S.-Japan Legal Studies Institute and an Admissions Committee Member for the Asian American Law Student Association. After graduating from Boalt Hall, Mr. Fujii worked as an associate in the San Francisco office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and the Century City office of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell. While at the City Attorney’s Office, he taught legal research and writing at Chapman Law School for several years. Mr. Fujii is married and the father of two children.
Caroline R. Hahn was born in Los Angeles, from immigrant parents. She grew up in Huntington Beach, California and attended high school in Orange County. Ms. Hahn received her undergraduate degree in History, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received her J.D. from Chapman University School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable Robert M. Takasugi in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. As a child of immigrant parents, she wanted to help others who could not speak English. As a result, she applied for the Orange County Public Defender’s Office. She served as a Deputy Public Defender in Orange County for seven years. She enjoyed helping her clients, many of whom were indigent, struggling with mental illness and drug addiction, and suffering from the effects of poverty. Ms. Hahn left the Public Defender's Office in 2012 to start her own practice because she wanted to have the flexibility to represent more diverse groups of clients. She continues to have a passion for protecting the rights of the accused. She represents individuals in all types of criminal defense matters and overlapping immigration issues.
In 2016, Ms. Hahn served as the President of the OC Korean American Bar Association (OC KABA). She has been involved with OC KABA since 2012. During this time, Ms. Hahn has volunteered many hours providing pro bono legal services for the Korean population in Orange County. Ms. Hahn is also involved in Asian Americans Advancing Justice—OC (AAAJ-OC). She is the Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee and on the Community Advisory Council. Ms. Hahn continues to help those who cannot afford legal representation as a court-appointed attorney for the Juvenile Court at Lamoreaux Justice Center and Superior Court of California, Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. Ms. Hahn also serves as a court-appointed criminal appellate attorney for the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District of California.
Sabrina Ly is a Trial Litigation Associate at Dorsey & Whitney who has been practicing in Orange County for the past 8 months. Sabrina states she would love the opportunity to become more involved in the Asian American community. Her current practice involves consumer finance litigation and she also has experience with healthcare and employment litigation.
Serafin H. Tagarao is an associate in the Orange County office of Gordon & Rees. His practice includes defending individual and class action employment litigation on alleged claims for wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, federal and state leave laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Mr. Tagarao also counsels clients in all aspects of workplace compliance. During law school, he externed with the Honorable Richard Fruin of the Los Angeles Superior Court. He also became an active member of the Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) and now serves as Chair of the Media Committee and member of the Board of Governors.
Fred Thiagarajah After receiving his J.D. in 1999 from USC, Fred became a Deputy District Attorney. In 2004, he left the DA’s office to start his own criminal defense law practice in Newport Beach. He has conducted almost one hundred jury trials over the course of 17 years as an attorney, and has been selected by various organizations as one of the top criminal lawyers in Southern California, including being selected by Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017.
Anthony S. Wang focuses his practice on corporate and securities law at O’Melveny & Myers, with an emphasis on private equity, venture capital, merger and acquisition, and Asia-related media and entertainment transactions. His clients span numerous industries including telecommunications, media, software/technology, manufacturing, energy, and real estate. He also has extensive experience in dealing with US securities compliance issues, corporate governance matters, and intellectual property topics, specifically with start-up companies and venture capital and private equity investors. Prior to joining O’Melveny, Tony spent many years at the Silicon Valley and Shanghai offices of another international AmLaw 50 firm, cultivating a valuable understanding of both US and Chinese cultures.
Ryan C. Wong is an associate general counsel at UnitedHealth Group in UnitedHealthcare’s litigation, compliance, and regulatory affairs organization. At United, Ryan manages a portfolio of litigation, as well as counsels internal clients on regulatory and compliance issues. Prior to joining United, Ryan was a counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP. At Crowell, Ryan specialized in complex litigation, representing Fortune 100 corporate clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust and commercial litigation. Ryan received both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from UCLA.
Jerry Yang specializes in complex litigation, representing large corporate clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust, commercial, and insurance matters. Jerry received his B.A. with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in history and American studies. Jerry earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, where he was a member of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. Jerry was actively involved in the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, where he served as internal vice president. Jerry also externed for the Honorable Victor H. Greenberg at the Metropolitan Courthouse of the Los Angeles Superior Court. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys playing golf, watching the NBA, cooking (especially barbeques), and following the stock market.
Brian Y. Chou is an Associate Attorney at the firm of BARTHCALDERON LLP and his practice focuses on asset protection, estate planning, and business succession planning. Mr. Chou assists clients in all stages of life, from the young professional couple that is concerned about estate planning for their minor children, to the wealthy real estate investor who wants to insulate himself and his properties from lawsuits, to the successful business owner who is agonizing about how to transition his company to the next generation.
Michelle Miu is an associate attorney at Myers Berstein LLP where she focuses her practice on intellectual property and business law matters. Prior to joining the firm, Michelle was the head of the prosecution team of an IP firm and spent years focusing on domestic and international trademark prosecution and enforcement matters. At Myers Berstein, Michelle is very hands on and works with her clients to customize their IP strategy as well as registering and enforcing their rights domestically and internationally. Her experience with international trademark prosecution have allowed her clients to expand their brands to various markets throughout the world. Michelle represents clients in the food and beverage, fashion, entertainment, hospitality, financial services, automotive and technology industries.